Spotlight: Big Sister of the Year, Ana Leon
Ana and Sally have been matched for more than six years. Ana was recently chosen as Massachusetts Big Sister of the Year and will now be considered for the title of National Big Sister of the Year.
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Q: What is your favorite part about being a Big Sister?
A: Sally always makes me laugh, whether through a story or if we fall on our butts while ice skating. There is never a dull moment when we are together.
Q: What is one of your favorite activities to do with your Little Sister and what makes it so memorable?
A: My favorite activity is baking with Sally. We have many positive results but sometimes we have a burnt product. I remember our first baking experience. We baked her birthday cake in a toaster oven. It was such a funny idea, but we did a great job! Since then, we’ve become quite creative with science and bake wonderful creations – our favorite is chocolate chip cookies with extra chocolate chips.
Q: What would you say to women who are on the fence about applying to become a Big Sister?
A: If you like the outdoors, or painting, or window shopping, or cooking, or going to the movies, being a Big Sister is for you. Think of the female mentors you have now or had growing up. Not everyone is fortunate to have the same experience, but you can be the woman to stand up and be a mentor to a younger girl. I have seen tremendous growth in Sally, from her confidence in speaking to her ability to make her dreams happen for herself – including being accepted into college.
Q: When you or your Little Sister experience tough times, how do you show support for each other?
A: We love to have conversations over a good meal or dessert. We give each other time to vent, or discuss our troubles, and by the end of the meal we have a better perspective of what we need to do to move forward.
Q: What is something you’ve learned about yourself since becoming a Big Sister?
A: I’ve learned that I can help instill confidence in someone. It does take energy, but knowing that a young person takes on more challenges because of my encouragement is very powerful to me.